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November 4, 2009, 1:06 PM
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More and more companies are creating iPhone applications as a way to reinforce branding and to gain new customers. Some companies are even seeing increased sales thanks to iPhone apps. One of those is the Pizza Hut app [iTunes link] for the iPhone and iPod touch, which has now generated more than $1 million in sales according to MobileMarketer. The US-only iPhone app was first introduced three months ago. (Mashable 11/3)

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John Biggs from Techcrunch just got his hands on the the Twitter Peek aka the Tweek and he’s trying to figure out who, specifically, this is for. First, consider this his review: this device is not very good if you’re a Twitter “power user” like him or anyone else with maybe 100+ followers and a few hundred folks you follow. (Techcrunch 11/3)

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When Loopt launched in 2006 it was ahead of a curve that is just starting to be recognized: Location. Now, with services like Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite and even Twitter fueling the location-based services frenzy, Loopt realized that it needed to shift its strategy a bit. Enter Pulse, a new feature launching today. (Techcrunch11/3)

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Verizon Wireless will introduce an HTC Android-powered smartphone Friday alongside the Motorola Droid, the carrier said. The $99 handset, which Verizon Wireless has dubbed the Droid Eris, has similar features to the HTC Hero, industry observers reported. Verizon Wireless also said last week that it was “very pleased” with the initial sales of Research in Motion‘s BlackBerry Storm 2, which launched Wednesday. Yahoo!/PC World(11/1) , The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (10/30)

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Verizon just confirmed that the Moto Droid will arrive next week for $199 with a new, 2-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate. Customers will need a voice plan starting at $39 and a web and email plan for $29 per month. (Techcrunch10/28)

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If you weren’t sure about switching to an Android phone in the near future, this might put you over the edge. Google Maps Navigation is an absolutely killer app. And it is only available for Android 2.0 phones. (Techcrunch10/28)

The Walt Disney Co. is releasing an iPhone application that rewards users for poking through the Disney.com Web site and could one day offer exclusive bonuses for activities such as shopping at Disney Stores. (AP, 10/28)

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A new Colbert Report app means iPhone users never have to be without “The WØrd.” The $1 app, released Monday by Comedy Central, includes every “WØrd” video done by hyper-real talking head Stephen Colbert so far and will be updated weekly. The clips are arranged alphabetically and can be sorted by air date and popularity. (Wired10/26)

As much as I love The Word, I still need something more than video in a mobile app. Give me some utility. Give me something to do with it.

Colbert Report iPhone app


Despite the introduction of new smartphones such as the Android-based Droid and RIM‘s brand new BlackBerry Storm2, Verizon Wireless would like nothing more than to add the iPhone to its network, according to remarks made by Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg during the company’s earnings call with analysts. It’s just not up to them. “This is a decision that is exclusively in Apple‘s court,” he said. Verizon reported net income of 41 cents/share, a 30% drop from a year earlier. The company ended the quarter with 89 million wireless customers, 3.3 million high-speed internet customers and 2.7 million FiOS TV customers. (Cynopsis10/27)

Much of The Wall Street Journal‘s online content is subscription only, but the dogged could find ways around that, notably via its free mobile applications. The Journal has moved to close that loophole, flipping the switch today on a plan to make many articles on its BlackBerry and iPhone applications available only to subscribers. (Mediaweek10/26)

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October 26, 2009, 11:00 AM
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A few months ago, Techcrunch wrote about mobile ad network Greystripe study that placed “iPhone moms” (mothers of young children who own iPhones) as one of the new and growing mobile advertising demographics on the street. In August, Greystripe claimed that iPhone moms made up 29.5% of all iPhone users. Today, the ad network is releasing a follow-up report which offers detailed behavioral characteristics of moms in their iPhone ad network. (Techcrunch10/26)

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Yesterday we reported on Nokia’s lawsuit against Apple, in which they claim the iPhone is infringing on 10 of the company’s patents relating to GSM, UMTS and WLAN technologies.Analysts have now had a chance to crunch the numbers and estimate that Apple could face shelling out between $200 million and $1 billion to satisfy the suit if successful — and go on to say that Nokia has a pretty good case. (Mashable10/23)

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